Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 30, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2017, start making your plans right now to join the 47th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2018. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at PulpFest 2018. We’re also hoping to be joined by our FarmerCon friends for a celebration of 100 years of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a great dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2018, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. You’ll also find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pulpfest/ and Tumbler at http://pulpfest.tumblr.com/. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2018. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch

(At the start of the twentieth century, reading was a primary form of entertainment in the United States. Cheaply made magazines printed on wood pulp paper and costing a quarter or less were affordable to most. These “pulps” featured a variety of stories: westerns, romances, mysteries, science fiction, and more. Tales of war were largely relegated to the historical past and colonial Britain or France. Except for a single writer — Leonard Nason — stories about the First World War were very limited during the teens and early twenties.

As the century progressed, pulps began to specialize. There were magazines devoted to fantasy, detectives, love, sports, and other genres. In 1926, Dell Publishing introduced WAR STORIES, the first magazine devoted to tales of war. It was followed by many others: BATTLE STORIES — the January 1932 number with cover art by Gertrude C. Orde is pictured here — WINGS, OVER THE TOP, DARE-DEVIL ACES, SKY FIGHTERS, and dozens more. Most had disappeared by 1940.

After World War II, the demand for pulp magazines waned as paperback books took hold. In the fifties, television became the favored form of escapism and the surviving pulps ceased publication. Fiction magazines continued to be published, but in new formats. The science-fiction and mystery digests and men’s “adventure” magazines are considered descendants of the pulps.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2018. We look forward to seeing you.)

Saturday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2017 by

There’s still time to get in on the action. The PulpFest dealers’ room will be open today from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Single-day memberships to PulpFest will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend. There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

Members will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. If you have not yet registered, you can download a copy by clicking herePaper forms will also be available at the door. Please visit our registration page for further details.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. Afterward, author and editor Ron Fortier will be joined by five authors to discuss their writing and today’s “New Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by an encore presentation of an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATREThe Adventures of Mr. Fye” introduces a new hero inspired by classic pulp fiction and the single character hero pulps. The play will begin at 3:30 PM.

The PulpFest dealers’ room will be closing today at 4:45 PM. This should allow plenty of time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner. Currently, we’re planning to dine informally at ember & vine, located right in the DoubleTree. However, if you don’t plan to attend PulpFest‘s group meal, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many restaurants in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by clicking here.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2017 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. It will be followed by the 2017 Munsey Award presentation. Laurie Powers, the winner of our 2017 Munsey, will reveal the name of this year’s recipient. Laurie was selected through a vote cast by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The Munsey is a fine art print created by Dan Zimmer of a David Saunders painting. It is presented annually to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.

Our programming for Saturday evening will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring one of the few living pulp magazine artists, Gloria Stoll Karn. A Pittsburgh resident, Gloria will be joined by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders — winner of our 2016 Lamont Award — to discuss her freelance career in the pulps and much more. In a field dominated by men, it was highly unusual for a woman to be painting covers for pulp magazines. But at age seventeen, Gloria Stoll began contributing black and white interior illustrations to pulp magazines. In a few years, the young artist was painting covers. How’s that for a dangerous dame?

Another dangerous dame of the pulps — Pat Savage — gets her night to shine when members of the Narada Radio Company read from Will Murray’s SIX SCARLET SCORPIONS, the first book in the author’s THE ALL-NEW WILD ADVENTURES OF PAT SAVAGE series.

The convention’s celebration of the hardboiled dicks of the pulps continues with a look at The Don Everhard Stories of Gordon Young, featuring Professor Tom Krabacher of California State University. A member of the Pulp Era Amateur Press Association, Tom has often presented at PulpFest. He’ll be joined by Walker Martin, one of the foremost collectors of pulp magazines in the country. Walker is one of the few people who have owned and read complete runs of both BLACK MASK and DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. The convention will be offering about 100 lots of material from the collection of Woody Hagadish. We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, science fiction, western, and the detective fields. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. The estate is hoping to find good homes for all of these collectibles, getting them to the people who would best appreciate them, as Woody Hagadish had done during his lifetime.

This year’s auction will also feature a number of pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. PulpFest will be offering a variety of pulps from Larry Latham’s collection, such as copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, the first three issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, a selection of THE WIDE WORLD, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed to Latham by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

One of our members has also mentioned that he may be offering a complete set of the second volume of AMRA — no. 1 to no. 71 — published by George Scithers from 1959 to 1982. AMRA featured high-quality artwork by Roy G. Krenkel, Gray Morrow, and other articles. The magazine’s writers included L. Sprague de Camp, Poul Anderson, Leigh Brackett, Fritz Leiber, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and many others.

Click on the “PulpFest Auction” link along the right side of our home page for highlights featured in this year’s auction.

Rounding out the auction will be material consigned by our membership. Any member of PulpFest 2017 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. To learn more about selling material through our Saturday night auction, please click here.

You can find additional details about these and all of our events by clicking the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in pulpdom and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’re new to the hobby, please join us in our con suite and learn more about pulps and pulp fiction and art.

Saturday’s sponsor of the PulpFest hospitality suite is Meteor House, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy. Their main specialty is authorized limited edition novels and novellas, set in the worlds of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest is extremely pleased to have Meteor House as our Saturday evening hospitality suite sponsor.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

PulpFest 2017 will continue tomorrow. Our dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our exhibitors pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday, July 30, will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Like Robert Bloch, John D. MacDonald — who was born 0n July 24, 1916 — got his start in the pulp magazines. From about 1946 through 1951, he placed dozens of stories each year with various pulp magazines. His output included adventure, detective, fantasy, science fiction, sports fiction, and western stories. When his story “Dead to the World” garnered the cover spot for the February 1947 issue of Popular’s DIME DETECTIVE — featuring cover art by Robert Stanley — MacDonald had become a reliable producer for the pulp market. Not long after, MacDonald began selling increasingly to the original paperback market. His first Travis McGee novel — THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY –was published by Fawcett in 1964.

Granted, the PulpFest auctions are a bit more tame than this depiction by Milton Luros for the DIME DETECTIVE from February 1939. Nevertheless our auctions are quite exciting. Plan to attend PulpFest 2017 and find out for yourself why it’s called “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”

Pulp Fiction’s “hardboiled dicks” will come to the fore during PulpFest’s final night of programming, scheduled to begin at 7 PM this evening. We hope to see you in at the DoubleTree Grand Ballroom for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con! You’ll find today’s schedule immediately below.)

Saturday, July 29

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

3:00 – 4:30 PM — Auction Viewing at the DoubleTree

Programming

12:30 – 2:00 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Win Scott Eckert and Frank Schildiner)

2:15 – 3:15 PM — Six Writers of New Pulp (moderator Ron Fortier and authors Fred Adams, Jr., John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Michael Maynard, and Charles Millhouse)

3:30 – 4:00 PM —  Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

5:00 – 6:50 PM — PulpFest 2017 Group Meal at Ember & Vine in the DoubleTree (Volunteer Coordinator Sally Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest 2017 Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — 2017 Munsey Award Presentation (presented by Laurie Powers)

7:30 – 8:10 PM — Guest of Honor Gloria Stoll Karn with David Saunders

8:10 – 8:20 PM — The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage by Will Murray — A Reading by Pulp-Pourri Theatre

8:20 – 8:50 PM — Hard-Boiled at 100: The Don Everhard Stories of Gordon Young (Tom Krabacher & Walker Martin)

8:50 – 9:10 PM —  Intermission (Auction Viewing)

9:15 – 12:15 AM — Saturday Night at the Auction (John Gunnison and Joseph Saines, Auctioneers)

Friday at PulpFest

Jul 28, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 enters it second day, following a successful dealer set-up, early registration, early-bird shopping, and a full slate of programming. If you missed our first day, there’s still more to come.

From 9 to 10 AM today, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. All visitors will also be able to register for the convention this morning — beginning at 9 PM — and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. A full-weekend advance membership to PulpFest will cost you $35 — if staying at our host hotel — and $40 if staying elsewhere. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend. There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at the entrance to our dealers’ room. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. If you have not yet registered, you can download a copy by clicking herePaper forms will also be available at the door.

The dealers’ room will open to all at 10 AM and will remain open until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

If you’re a fan of Philip Josė Farmer, you won’t want to miss the Meteor House book launch party at the DoubleTree. Meet the team behind the MAN OF WAR novella, including author Heidi Ruby Miller, artist Mark Wheatley, and the editors at Meteor House. An assortment of light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be served Friday, July 28, starting at 5 PM. Further details will be available at the PulpFest 2017 registration desk, outside of the convention’s dealers’ room.

Our afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers officially welcomes all our attendees. Friday night’s programming will include our FarmerCon XII presentation on the “Psychos” of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerFarmerCon favorite Win Scott Eckert continues our salute to “the psychos of the pulps” with the first of two readings that he will be performing tonight. Mike Croteau of Meteor House rounds out our FarmerCon programming with Philip José Farmer and Robert Bloch.

PulpFest 2017 further examines pulp fiction’s psychos with 100 Years with the Author of Psycho: Robert Bloch — an illustrated survey of the life and times of Robert Bloch presented by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.

This year’s celebration of hardboiled dicks gets underway at 8:40 PM with a reading from the work of SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES author Robert Leslie Bellem, the creator of Hollywood detective Dan Turner. Next, Anthony Award winner Jeffrey Marks looks at The Many Characters of Erle Stanley GardnerAltus Press publisher Matt Moring will also examine DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, the pulp that truly popularized the hard-as-nails private eye. Closing out the night’s presentations will be pulp historian and fan-favorite author Will Murray. He will be discussing The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant.

Perhaps the most exciting event of the evening will be a WEIRD Audio Play by Robert Bloch, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATREReturn to the Sabbath” was originally published in WEIRD TALES under Bloch’s Tarleton Fiske pseudonym. Narrated in the first person by a Hollywood public relations man, it’s the story of a European actor brought to the United States to star in a satanic horror film. Bloch’s story was later adapted and filmed for television as “The Sign of Satan.” It aired on THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR in 1964. The play will start at 11 PM.

You can find additional details about these and all of our presentations by clicking the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in pulpdom and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’re new to the hobby, please join us in our con suite and learn more about pulps and pulp fiction and art.

Friday’s sponsor of the PulpFest hospitality suite is AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for books. AbeBooks has a strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs. AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles. PulpFest is extremely pleased to have AbeBooks as a convention sponsor and  Friday’s hospitality suite sponsor.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

PulpFest 2017 will continue on Saturday and Sunday. It concludes at 2 PM on Sunday, July 30. Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Between 1935 and 1952, Robert Bloch published nearly seventy stories in WEIRD TALES, “The Unique Magazine.” “The Cheaters” appeared in the November 1947 issue and featured cover art by Matt Fox. A cartoonist, illustrator, comic book and advertising artist, watercolorist, painter, and graphic artist, with lithographs, woodcuts, and etchings to his credit, Fox painted eleven covers for WEIRD TALES and also contributed interior illustrations to the magazine. He also worked for Marvel Comics during the 1950s.

Philip José Farmer’s THE MAD GOBLIN was originally released in 1970 by Ace Books as part of their double line of paperbacks. The other half the book featured LORD OF THE TREES. Both sides of the book featured covers created by Gray Morrow, a comic book and paperback artist who also illustrated many science-fiction magazines. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for best professional artist in 1966, 1967, and 1968.

The “psychos” of  Robert Bloch, Philip José Farmer, and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE will be profiled during PulpFest’s second night of programming, scheduled to begin at 7 PM this evening. We hope to see you in at the DoubleTree Grand Ballroom for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con! You’ll find today’s schedule immediately below.)

Friday, July 28

Dealers’ Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Early Registration and Dealers’ Room Set-Up

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

Programming

12:45 – 4:30 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Jim Beard, John Bruening, Peter McGarvey, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Don Shakers)

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest 2017 (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine (Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Art Sippo)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — Win Scott Eckert Reads from THE MONSTER ON HOLD

7:30 – 7:50 PM — Philip José Farmer and Robert Bloch (Mike Croteau of Meteor House)

7:50 – 8:00 PM — Intermission

8:00 – 8:40 PM — 100 Years with the Author of Psycho: Robert Bloch (Garyn Roberts)

8:40 – 8:50 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents Robert Leslie Bellem, a Dan Turner Reading

8:50 – 9:30 PM — Hardboiled and Dangerous: The Many Characters of Erle Stanley Gardner (Jeffrey Marks)

9:30 – 9:40 PM — Intermission

9:40 – 10:20 PM — Hardboiled Dicks: A Look at DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (Matt Moring)

10:20 – 10:30 PM — Philip José Farmer’s Most Dangerous Dame — Win Scott Eckert Reads from THE SCARLET JAGUAR

10:30 – 10:55 PM — The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant: Myra Reldon, Margo Lane, and Carrie Cashin (Will Murray)

11:00 – 11:30 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play by Robert Bloch

Thursday at PulpFest

Jul 27, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 will begin this afternoon at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Everyone can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or the link found on our registration page.

There will be free early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full evening programming slate will begin shortly after 9 PM with a reading by author Chet Williamson.

PulpFest will also be celebrating the dangerous dames of the pulps with presentations on The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson — featuring PulpFest Technical Director and Webmaster Chuck Welch — and Compliments of the Domino Lady — a discussion of the long-lived pulp hero by Inkpot Award winner Michelle Nolan. Sandwiched between these two presentations will be a reading from his Domino Lady story — “The Claws of the Cat” — by author Ron Fortier.

Closing out the evening will be an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATREThe Adventures of Mr. Fye” introduces a new hero inspired by classic pulp fiction and the single character hero pulps. The play will begin at 11 PM.

You can find additional details about these and all of our presentations by clicking the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

When our programming is over, PulpFest members are welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in pulpdom and talk about the things that you love and collect. “What’s your favorite Doc Savage adventure? Did Joan Randall have a thing for Gragg the Robot? Remember when Conan bit off that vulture’s head in ‘A Witch Shall Be Born?’ How the hell do you say Tsathoggua? Who’d win a knock-down-drag-out between Wu Fang and Shiwan Khan? Would either stand a chance against Doctor Fu Manchu? Why does the Phantom Detective wear that top hat? Who the hell is Pinky Jenkins?” These are just a few of the mysteries you might clear up with your pals — old and new — at PulpFest 2017. You sure can’t do that on your iPhone!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available. 

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2017, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Our full weekend memberships will be available at the door, with early-bird shopping costing an additional $30 for those members not staying at the DoubleTree. Single day memberships — costing $20 for Friday or Saturday — will also be available. A Sunday single day membership will cost $10, the price of THE PULPSTERPlease click our Register for 2017 button for further details.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

(Although the first costumed pulp heroine appeared in just six stories in rare and obscure mid-1930s pulps, The Domino Lady commanded three covers for those magazines. All three were painted by Norman Saunders, one of the leading artists and illustrators of the pulp era.

The Domino Lady and other “dangerous dames” of the pulps will be profiled during PulpFest’s opening night programming, scheduled to begin at 9:10 PM this evening. We hope to see you in at the DoubleTree for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con! You’ll find today’s schedule immediately below.)

Thursday, July 27

Dealers’ Room

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Early Registration

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open for Early-Bird Shopping (free with your stay at the Double-Tree)

Programming

9:10 – 9:40 PM — Robert Bloch’s PSYCHO: SANITARIUM — A Reading by Chet Williamson

9:40 – 10:05 PM — The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson: Pat Savage, Nellie Gray and Rosabel Newton (Chuck Welch)

10:05 – 10:15 PM— Scarlet Adventuress — The Domino Lady — A Reading by Ron Fortier

10:15 – 10:50 PM — Compliments of the Domino Lady (Michelle Nolan)

10:50 – 11:00 PM — Intermission

11:00 – 11:30 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

PulpFest Primer

Jul 25, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksPulpFest 2017 will begin on Thursday, July 27, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin shortly after 9 PM with a reading by author Chet Williamson. Closing out the evening programming will be an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE.

PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.  Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 4 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or the link found on our registration page. Look for the SHOP banner to find our dealers’ room. You’ll also see our large welcome banner, sponsored by AbeBooks.com. With its strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs, AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2017, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Full weekend memberships will cost $35 for those staying at the DoubleTree and $40 for those staying elsewhere. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574. If Jack is not available, please text Chuck Welch at 608.406.4774. You can also call Chuck, but text will probably be faster.

Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, July 28, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with the first of our New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will include our FarmerCon XII presentations, plus several discussions of Robert Bloch, psychos, and hardboiled dicks. Once again, the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE will close out our programming. They’ll be performing “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play based on a story by Robert Bloch.

On Saturday, July 29, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Afterward, all convention attendees are welcome to join an informal Saturday Night Dinner. Details will be announced at the convention. If you don’t plan to attend PulpFest‘s group meal, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many restaurants in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by clicking here.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings and a panel on “New Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by an encore presentation by the Narada Radio Company

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2017 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. All members of the convention are urged to attend. The 2017 Munsey Award — presented for service to the pulp community — will also be awarded on Saturday evening.

Other programming on Saturday night will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring one of the few living pulp magazine artists, Gloria Stoll Karn. A Pittsburgh resident, Gloria will be joined by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders — winner of our 2016 Lamont Award — to discuss her freelance career in the pulps and much more. We’ll also have another presentation on the hardboiled dicks of the pulps.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. The convention will be offering about 150 lots of material from the collections of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. Included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, as well as the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

Any member of PulpFest 2017 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday. The sooner you submit your consignment to our auction coordinator, Barry Traylor, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. We will be accepting material for our auction near the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. Watch for the auction banner. All auction lots must be submitted to Barry prior to 2 PM on Saturday, July 29.

All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please click the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

On Sunday, July 30, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We’ve already registered a record number of dealers. We’ve also been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. You can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is located at 910 Sheraton Drive in Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Pittsburgh. It is easy to find at the intersection of three major roadways: Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Please click here for a map of the hotel’s location or click the map along the right side of our home page. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there.

The entire PulpFest 2017 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Pittsburgh for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.”

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

Robert Bloch’s “Return to the Sabbath” originally ran in the July 1938 issue of WEIRD TALES, featuring front cover art by the great pulp and fantasy artist, Virgil Finlay. The artist got his start during the Great Depression when he sent unsolicited illustrations to his favorite pulp magazine, WEIRD TALES. In addition to “The Unique Magazine,” he also contributed interior illustrations and covers to many other pulps and digests. Even today, Finlay remains one of the most highly regarded and collected artists in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

DETECTIVE TALES was the number three title in Popular Publications’ detective pulp group. It was preceded by DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and BLACK MASK, the pulp where the hardboiled detective genre originally took form. Between 1943 and 1945, Gloria Stoll Karn contributed six covers to DETECTIVE TALES, including the July 1945 number.

The cover art for the 2017 PULPSTER was painted by Norman Saunders for the July 1949 number of BLACK MASK. The painting appears courtesy of his son, pulp art historian David Saunders. A limited edition poster of the painting is available in the “gift shop” at the Norman Saunders website, normansaunders.com.)

Look Out for the PulpFest Banners!

Jul 18, 2017 by

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PulpFest 2017 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Barry Traylor’s table. This is where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Saturday Night Auction. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing in — you guessed it — the PulpFest con suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

(All of our banners were designed by our talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

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PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jul 14, 2017 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2017? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Although Iowa’s BILL THINNES has been attending PulpFest since its beginning, it has been a few years since he came as a dealer. We’re glad to have him back! He will have an assortment of hardcovers and paperbacks, some posters and prints, and smattering of King Kong merchandise, and possibly a recreated SHADOW cover painting. Pay a visit to Bill’s table during PulpFest 2017 and you’ll be surprised by what you find.

Our 2011 Munsey Award winner, ANTHONY TOLLIN, will be selling his SANCTUM BOOKS pulp reprints – The Avenger, The Black Bat, Doc Savage, Nick Carter, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, The Skipper, The Spider and The Whisperer – nine of the greatest pulp heroes in one of the best formats imaginable. He’ll also have his special multi-packs featuring art prints, preliminary pulp cover art by Jerome and George Rozen, original Shadow comic book art, and other special materials available for purchase.

Please welcome TOM SKEMP of SKEPTIC COLLECTIBLES back to PulpFest. Specializing in horror and science fiction, Tom is a resident of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He will be selling collectible hardcovers and a wide variety of paperbacks as well as some magazines. Check out his table for some chills, thrills, and some great finds.

JOAB STIEGLITZ of Virginia is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. Joab will be selling copies of his UTGARDA TRILOGY at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

TIM PAXTON of Grand Rapids, Michigan specializes in paperbacks and small-press, first-edition hardcovers, dealing mainly in high-grade science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as mysteries and pulp-related material. Check out the TIM’S BOOKS website at PulpFest sponsor AbeBooks.com.

PulpFest auction director BARRY TRAYLOR will be selling issues of pulps, hardcovers, paperbacks, reference materials, pulp reprints, and a selection of screws, nuts, and bolts. Not really. Remember, if you have any questions concerning the PulpFest auction, please stop by Barry’s table at the convention. Look for the “Auction” banner!

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2017.

JON WEHLER is a very personable dealer and collector who offers pulps, original art, and other paper collectibles. He’ll also have lots of vintage paperbacks from many different genres at PulpFest 2017. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

DAVID WHITE of suburban Chicago returns to PulpFest after a few years absence. He has been collecting for about forty years and selling since 2006, mostly through ebay as DAVE’S COMIC VAULT. At PulpFest2017, David will have science-fiction pulps as well as some hero and horror magazines. He’ll also be selling fanzines, paperbacks, digests, and pulp reprints.

Author CHET WILLIAMSON, who will be reading from his novel Robert Bloch’s PSYCHO: SANITARIUM on Thursday, July 27, will also be selling at the convention. He’ll have copies of his own books for sale at his table, along with a selection of pulp magazines and pulp-related books. Of course, Mr. Williamson will be glad to sign your purchases. Chet’s Guest-of-Honor speech at our 2015 PulpFest was one of the highlights of the convention.

DAVE WILLOUGHBY is a long-time collector of fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and mysteries in all shapes and sizes. Retired to the Midwest following a career in the Air Force, Dave will be selling hundreds of vintage and signed paperbacks, as well as science fiction and fantasy hardcovers. This will be DAVE’S BOOKS third appearance as a PulpFest dealer.

Even though this is his first time setting up at Pulp Fest life long New Jersey resident DEREK WOYWOOD has a long history in selling comic books and other vintage paper collectibles. In fact Derek had sold collectibles in five decades before he turned 5 decades old. Bringing an assortment of magazines, fanzines, digests along with golden age and silver age comics two categories will be of notice to fans and dealers attending our show. Derek carries collecting supplies to preserve your precious pulps and other treasures you will find in our vast dealers area. Recently released is the annual Overstreet comic book price guide. Derek will be offering to anyone in attendance both softcover and hardcover versions at a nice discount of twenty percent off of cover price.

PulpFest is pleased to welcome Chicago’s LARRY HALLOCK of YGOR’S BOOKS to this year’s convention. Specializing in out-of-print science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction, Larry will be selling original art, paperbacks, hardcovers, digests, pulps, and other collectibles, including many signed items.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mentionPulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

Please be sure to join us for “Summer’s AMAZING Dealers’ Room” at PulpFest 2017! And be sure to visit our home page next week as we offer three days of highlights from this year’s Saturday Night Auction.

(With 2017 being the year that PulpFest celebrates the hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and psychos of the pulps, we’re very pleased to welcome as our Guest of Honor, pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn. In a field dominated by men, it was highly unusual for a woman to be painting covers for pulp magazines. But at age seventeen, Gloria Stoll began contributing black and white interior illustrations to pulp magazines. In a few years, the young artist was painting covers. How’s that for a dangerous dame? A very fine example of her work is the DETECTIVE TALES cover for July 1945. DETECTIVE TALES was the number three title in Popular Publications’ detective pulp group, behind DIME DETECTIVE and BLACK MASK. It ran for eighteen years.

Sanctum Books reproduces the original covers and interior illustrations from the pulp magazines in their continuing series of pulp reprints. Pictured here is George Rozen’s cover art for Sanctum’s volume 118  from its series of Shadow reprints. The artwork originally appeared on the November 15, 1937 issue of THE SHADOW which featured the first appearance of Myra Reldon. Anthony Tollin will discuss Myra and “The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant” on Thursday evening, July 27.

The original PSYCHO novel by Robert Bloch was published in 1959. It took Bloch twenty-three years to write another PSYCHO novel, revealing that Norman had been in a mental institution the entire time. What happened in that asylum during those two decades? Until now no one has known. The dust jacket for Chet Williamson’s novel, PSYCHO: SANITARIUM, was designed by Ervin Serrano.)

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Jul 13, 2017 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2017? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Dr. Fu Manchu was “…the yellow peril incarnate in one man…” and WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD is the author of the first authorized Fu Manchu thrillers in nearly thirty years. He will be selling and signing copies of THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU and THE DESTINY OF FU MANCHU. His son, MICHAEL MAYNARD, is also a writer. He will be selling copies of TALES OF METROPOLIS. Mike will also be appearing in this year’s “New Pulp” panel on Saturday afternoon, July 29.

Leading Philip José Farmer publisher METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest titles at PulpFest 2017.  Pick up your copies of Heidi Ruby Miller’s Two Hawks Adventure, MAN OF WAR; John H. Watson’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE FALLING STONE, edited by Win Scott Eckert; and THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE, reprinting material from “The Magazine of Philip José Farmer.” We’ll be announcing when the annual Meteor House book-signing party will take place during our regular dealers’ room hours. MICHAEL CROTEAU will also be selling items from Philip José Farmer’s estate and works by attendees of FarmerCon, returning to PulpFest for its seventh straight year.

Please welcome TED MILLER, one of the many new dealers who have registered for this year’s PulpFest. A book collector for over fifty years, Ted will be selling books by Philip José Farmer and other works of science fiction.

ED HULSE will debut several new books from MURANIA PRESS at PulpFest 2017. One is the second volume of  BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER PRESENTS. The book is entitled THE PENNY-A-WORD BRIGADE: PULP FICTIONEERS EXPLAIN THEIR CRAFT. The others are new entries in the “Classic Pulp Reprints” series: George Bronson-Howard’s THE RETURN OF YORKE NORROY and Francis Lynde’s TYPHOSIS TAKES A HAND. Both originally appeared in the pages of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE. Ed will also, most likely, be selling his usual smattering of pulp magazines and other related materials.

PETE LUTZ of the NARADA RADIO COMPANY — who will be presenting several audiodramas and readings at this year’s convention — will be selling Pulp-Pourri Theatre merchandise, such as posters from past episodes and promotional posters for next-year’s line-up. There will also be materials from other audio shows, brought to you by the members of our PulpFest Pulp-Pourri Theatre group.

PHIL NELSON is from Waverly, Ohio. He will be bringing an assortment of ADVENTUREARGOSY, and Girasol Collectables pulp replicas. This very personable dealer will also have vintage paperbacks, comic books, and other collectibles. He’s a fan of NORTH-WEST STORIES and detective fiction.

BARBARA FISTER-LILTZ & BILL HUNT have been field agents for JERRY OHLINGER’S MOVIE MATERIALS for about forty years. Ohlinger’s — located in New York City — has one of the world’s largest collections of movie posters and stills, both vintage and current. Barbara & Bill will be bringing a fine selection of film magazines, men’s adventure magazines, hardcover and paperback books, comic books, film posters, and DVD’s to PulpFest. Please welcome them back to PulpFest! 

A well-respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, MARTIN GRAMS of OTR PUBLISHING also carries a large selection of classic DVDs, along with books and magazines. He’ll have copies of his many award-winning books for sale – THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM, INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES, THE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC and much more.

The director of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, SHAUN PERKINS is also a Perry Mason and vintage crime fiction enthusiast. She creates unique buttons and blank journals from pulp art and also sells her original books, detective stories in verse. To learn more about Shaun’s books, please visit the website of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.

A resident of Virginia, CRAIG POOLE has been attending pulp conventions for years. He will have several pieces of vintage original cover art, representing a mix of genres, but with science fiction the main focus. He will have paperback cover art and, perhaps, a few digest or pulp cover paintings.

Virginia’s CURT PHILLIPS brings his PULP ERA BOOKSELLERS to PulpFest for the first time. Long involved in both science fiction and pulp fandom, and a founding member and former Official Editor of PEAPS, Curt will be offering pulps, digests, and vintage paperbacks at his table. He’ll have material drawn from the Andy Porter collection and from the legendary collection of author Ted White, who served as PulpFest‘s Guest of Honor in 2016. Ted was one of the most respected editors of both AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC, two long-lived fiction magazines of the twentieth century. Curt’s stock will include near complete runs of DOC SAVAGE, THE SHADOW, and many other hero, detective, and SF pulps.

R & B ENTERPRISES has been in the popular culture business for over twenty-five years. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, ROBIN & BRENDAN FAULKNER will be selling a wide selection of pulps, vintage magazines, movie and television classics, paperbacks, digests, and related material at this year’s PulpFest. They’re be returning to the convention after a six-year absence. Please visit their website to learn more about what they have to offer.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be offering a variety of pulp-related publications. They’ll have a few boxes of what they describe as “really good stuff.” They hope to offer a number of Robert Bloch rarities for sale. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award and will be presenting “100 Years with the Author of Psycho: Robert Bloch” on Friday evening, July 28.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest after a few years’ absence. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, and over fifty radio premiums and some early character badges. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2017 dealers on Friday. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(The final portion of our thematic trilogy involves the “psychos of the pulps.” Perhaps the most famous fictional “psycho” of them all is Norman Bates, the insane killer portrayed by Anthony Perkins in PSYCHO. This classic film — directed by Alfred Hitchcock — was based on a 1959 novel written by Robert Bloch. The author, born on April 5, 1917, got his start as a writing professional in the pulps.

Like Bloch’s PSYCHO, the pulps were a breeding ground for madness. On a monthly basis, mad scientists, crazed hunchbacks, and foul cultists would threaten beautiful women with bodily injury and “fates worse than death” in the pages of weird menace magazines such as TERROR TALES — including its March 1940 number with cover art by Rudolph Zirm —  and HORROR STORIES. Over in the hero pulps, New York City’s population would be decimated by one madman after another in the pages of THE SPIDER. America’s Secret Service Ace, Jimmy Christopher, would save America from tyrant after tyrant in OPERATOR #5. The Shadow would battle Shiwan Khan and Benedict Stark, while Doc Savage had his hands full with John Sunlight.

Meteor House will be releasing three new books at PulpFest 2017, including Heidi Ruby Miller’s Two Hawks Adventure, MAN OF WAR, continuing the adventures of Philip José Farmer’s Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks. The cover art is by Mark Wheatley.

The Shadow, appeared in 326 issues of his own pulp magazine and became the hero of a long-running radio program, broadcast from 1937 through 1954. The cover art for Martin Grams’ history of THE SHADOW radio program is a re-working of George Rozen’s cover to the July 15, 1934 issue of the pulp magazine, illustrating “Chain of Death.”)

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Jul 12, 2017 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2017? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Scouring flea markets and antique shows up and down the East Coast, RICK HALL rescues pulps for the collections of his fellows in the pulp community. Focusing primarily on pulps, Rick adds fanzines and general magazines with “good authors” to the mix. You may find just what you’ve been looking for among Rick’s “found” treasures.

Welcome back SCOTT HARTSHORN. This outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer will be offering a selection of ADVENTURE pulps, books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, mystery and detective paperbacks, and science-fiction, fantasy, and pulp art. Scott is also planning to have a few collectible surprises as he returns to PulpFest as a dealer for another go-round.

JOHN HAUSER grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As a young lad he enjoyed the Chicago Comic Con so much, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, John has bought and brought to market two pedigree collections of comics: The Green River and The Curator collections. He has also sold on consignment many fine collections. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John will be presenting Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. Ron Killian owned one of Milwaukee’s earliest direct-sales comics shops and launched the first comic shows in the city. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2017 will provide an opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron’s lifetime collection.

RICHARD MELI and EMMA SLOAN of HEARTWOOD BOOKS have more than twenty-five years experience in vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood Auctions has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal.

Even though we left his hometown behind, DOUG SIMMS — who also runs HEROES AND GAMES, a comic book and collectible games store located on the first level of the Greater Columbus Convention Center — will be returning as a PulpFest dealer at our 2017 convention. Doug — who will be assisted by MIKE CARBONARO — will have long runs of all our favorite pulp heroes in the paperback format, Golden, Silver and Bronze age comics, pulp-related games, and more.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer, will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks — a little bit of everything. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR. has been a bookseller for over 25 years. He specializes in fine first editions of popular literature, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, and mystery and detective fiction. He also offers pulp magazines, ephemera — such as manuscripts and letters — as well as signed books, limited editions, award winners, and books in all areas of popular fiction. At PulpFest 2017, John will primarily be offering pulps and first editions. Please visit his website at www.jwkbooks.com.

Virginia’s DAVE KURZMAN returns to PulpFest following an absence of a few years. One of the leading dealers of pulps in the United States, Dave will at loads of WEIRD TALES and PLANET STORIES at this year’s convention.

A professional artist from Pittsburgh, ED LANCASTER will have original, pulp-related paintings and sketches for sale. He also does paintings and cover recreations to order. If you have an idea you’d like to bring to life, he’d be happy to discuss it. Please visit www.edlancaster.com/ to preview his work.

From Buffalo, New York, BILL MANN returns as a dealer to PulpFest. One of the founders and a former editor at Age of Aces Books, he will be selling a variety of aviation pulps and books. Stop by his table and be surprised.

On Saturday, July 29, LAURIE MANN will be selling vintage paperbacks at PulpFest 2017. This will be the first time that she will be exhibiting at our convention. Laurie will be selling her father’s paperback collection. He collected mysteries and pulp magazines, beginning in 1945. An almost complete run of the original paperback editions of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books will be available.  Please give Laurie a big PulpFest welcome.

Collecting since the early days of pulp fandom, legend has it that WALKER MARTIN has owned practically every pulp at least once! A resident of New Jersey, he’ll be selling a variety of pulp magazines, DVD’S, original artwork, and one-of-a-kind canceled checks from the files of Munsey and Popular Publications. Walker contributes a regular column on pulp collecting to Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2017 dealers in the days ahead. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Another theme of PulpFest 2017 will be a celebration of the “dangerous dames” of the pulps. Female pulp characters such as Cleve Adams’s Violet McDade and Nevada Alvarado, Walter Gibson’s Myra Reldon and Margo Lane, C. L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry, Norvell Page’s Nita Van Sloan, Theodore Tinsley’s Carrie Cashin, and others depicted women in roles often reserved for men. These tough gals helped to remove women from the drawing rooms of Agatha Christie as well as the love and western romance pulps. They paved the way for such modern day gumshoes as Sue Grafton‘s Kinsey Millhone, Marcia Muller‘s Sharon McCone, and Sara Paretsky‘s V. I. Warshawski.

Fiction House was noted for what is termed “good girl art.” You saw an example of on Tuesday with the Allen Anderson PLANET STORIES cover from March 1952. What is particularly impressive about Fiction House covers is the number of “dangerous dames” — such as Allen Anderson’s masked marauder on the March 1950 LARIAT STORY MAGAZINE. Not only was the company fond of depicting beautiful women on its covers, it was also fond of showing female characters in roles often reserved for men on the covers of the competition.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for February 1947 with cover art by Robert Stanley — featuring another “dangerous dame,” but of the “gun moll” variety — in the PulpFest dealers’ room. There are very few conventions where you can find pulps in similar quantities and in such a wide variety of titles and conditions. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to its annual gathering.

Not only will we be celebrating the “dangerous dames” of the pulps and the “hardboiled dicks” of DIME DETECTIVE and other magazines, we’ll also be saluting “a few psychos.” Perhaps the best known fictional “psycho” of them all is Norman Bates, created by Robert Bloch. Starting his writing career in WEIRD TALES, Bloch published nearly seventy stories in “The Unique Magazine,” including “The Cheaters” in the November 1947 issue. It featured cover art by Matt Fox. The artist painted eleven covers for WEIRD TALES and also contributed interior illustrations to the magazine.)

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PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jul 11, 2017 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2017? For the next four days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Our 2010 Munsey Award winner MIKE CHOMKO will be representing Altus Press, Stark House Press, and other small publishers at PulpFest 2017. He’ll be premiering multiple titles from various publishers and have a selection of other materials, including a number of pulp fanzines. Please visit the Mike Chomko Books website to download a copy of his latest catalog.

RAY WALSH of the CURIOUS BOOK SHOP has been selling a broad array of paper collectibles – pulps, paperbacks, original artwork, collectible hardcovers, vintage comic books, and more — for nearly fifty years. Out of East Lansing, Michigan, Ray has been selling at PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for decades. We appreciate his strong support and heartily recommend the convention he sponsors — Classicon — held twice each year in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to his regular stock, Ray should have some very nice science fiction pulps and collectable science fiction books at this year’s PulpFest.

Working in the antiquarian book trade since the late fifties, LLOYD CURREY is one of the leading specialists in popular fiction from the earliest times to the present. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers of America, Inc., Lloyd operates a full-time, mail order antiquarian bookstore based in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. As L. W. CURREY, INC, he specializes in literary first editions, with an emphasis on popular fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, utopian literature, and mystery and detective fiction. At PulpFest 2017, Lloyd will be offering pulps and first editions.

A new and used book store that also sells pulps and comic books, DARK STAR BOOKS is located about an hour from Columbus, in picturesque Yellow Springs, Ohio. A longtime PulpFest dealer, GARY DIEDRIECH will be representing Dark Star at our 2016 convention. He will be offering a wide range of material including pulps, digests, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and collectible hardcovers and paperbacks.

DEARLY DEPARTED BOOKS of Alliance, Ohio is a brick & mortar shop open by chance or appointment. It primarily sells via the Internet. Established in 1978 by SCOTT and LINDA EDWARDS, this loyal PulpFest dealer offers a large stock of mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, vintage paperbacks, first editions, pulp magazines, and related ephemera. This year they’ll have pulps, paperbacks, hardbound first editions, and a newly acquired collection Big Little & Better Little Books for sale.

KEITH  DILBONE will be  returning to PulpFest after a long absence. If you’re looking for vintage British and foreign paperbacks and digests, be sure to stop by Keith’s tables. He’ll be selling a large portion of his personal British collection, amassed over the past 30 years: WORLD FANTASY CLASSICS, AUTHENTIC SCIENCE FICTION, VARGO STATTEN, plus publishers Scion, Curtis Warren, Dragon and smaller, hard to find publishers, including many key books. Also 100’s of American hard to find and key paperbacks, from Ace to Zenith.We’re glad to have Keith back at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.”

Founded in 1977 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this will be DREAMHAVEN BOOKS third PulpFestGREG KETTER specializes in new and used science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as books, magazines, posters, toys, and other materials related to the film industry. Greg has been selling books and pulps for over forty years. We look forward to having Dreamhaven return to our dealers’ room.

DOUG & DEB ELLIS, two of the founders of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, will be offering a wide selection of general fiction, science-fiction, Burroughs, and other pulps as well as original art and other collectibles. They’ll also be bringing WEINBERG TALES, a tribute book to the late Bob Weinberg.

JIM BEARD & JOHN BRUENING of FLINCH BOOKS, publishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their newest prose anthology, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, as well as copies of their previous anthology titles: BIG TOP TALES: SIX NEW STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW TALES FROM THE FLETCHER HANKS UNIVERSE. They’ll also have copies of John’s 2016 debut novel, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS on hand. Jim – who also provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website – will also be offering a wide selection of his own fiction work, including publications from Airship 27, Meteor House and Pro Se Productions. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled throughout Pulpfest weekend, because the Flinch team will be sharing information about their forthcoming title scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.

Stop by and visit with BOB FLOWERS of central Illinois. He’ll have his son, James, along to help. This good-natured collector and dealer usually has a little bit of everything. He sells pulps, paperbacks, fanzines, and related material. His offerings come from a wide range of genres – hero, detective, adventure, science fiction, and western — all reasonably priced. Shop with Bob for good, honest deals. We think you’ll be extremely happy.

HAROLD & HONEY FORMAN have attended many pulp conventions since the 1970s. Although Harold and his wife have been PulpFest regulars, this will be the first time since 2009 that they’ve  attended the convention as dealers. Residing in Pittsburgh, the Formans will be selling genre fiction, collections, anthologies, art books and magazines.

ROBERT GARCIA has been making, publishing and selling books for over 30 years. He’ll be bringing paperback collectibles featuring mystery, science fiction, fantasy and controversial mainstream titles to PulpFest 2017, along with a selection of limited edition fantasy and science fiction titles. Bob will also have American Fantasy Press titles and copies of his book, BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES, published by Titan Books.

PulpFest welcomes LARRY “DOC” GRUBB, a collector since the 1960s, and his son, JASPER, back to PulpFest. They’ll have many first edition works by Edgar Rice Burroughs and a variety of pulp magazines, all at great prices. The Grubbs hail from Maryland and we’re very glad to have them back at our convention.

MARK HALEGUA is the founder of the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. In addition to selling his Pulps 1st CDs — featuring thousands of pulp cover images on each disc — Mark will have an assortment of pulp magazines, including a number of ASTOUNDING STORIES issues published by Clayton. He’ll also have key issues of various comic books available for sale. Be sure to visit with this very personable dealer out of Queens.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2017 dealers in the days ahead. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(One of the themes of PulpFest 2017 will be a celebration of the hardboiled detective genre. It was in the pages of THE BLACK MASK where the style emerged — first in the tales of Carrol John Daly — and evolved — then in the stories of Dashiell Hammett. In 2016, Matt Moring and Altus Press successfully relaunched this magazine classic. The second issue of the new BLACK MASK was released by Mike Chomko, Books at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention. It featured cover art by Norman Saunders. The painting was originally used as the cover for the December 1952 issue of DIME DETECTIVE.

You might find the March 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES, featuring one dangerous-looking dame painted by Allen Anderson, in the PulpFest dealers’ room. Dark Star Books, DreamHaven Books, and other sellers are noted for the science fiction collectibles that they offer. Come to Cranberry DoubleTree outside of Pittsburgh from July 27 – 30 and find out for yourself.

Ever since the first PulpFest in 2009, the convention has attracted new and old writers of fiction and non-fiction to its fold. Witness the annual “New Fictioneers” readings at each and every PulpFest since its beginning, and such writers as John Bruening, Win Scott Eckert, Michael Maynard, and Jim Beard. The latter is also co-editor — with John C. Bruening — of RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, published by Flinch Books with cover art by Shannon Hall and cover design by Maggie Ryel.)

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